Above is an interactive map of where VISP students are visiting from during the Spring 2017 semester.
Preparing for your semester at Barnard
Once you are accepted to VISP, you will receive an email from the Office of International and Intercultural Student Programs with information on the visa application process.
Then, please download the acceptance packet to the right, which includes required forms and information on:
- meal plans
- medical forms and insurance
- setting up your Barnard email account
- what to bring
- arrival information
- advice from former VISP students
and much more.
Please use this simplified "To Do List" below as a guide to help you prepare for your semester at Barnard.
|Fall 2016||Apply for your J-1 visa|
|November 23||Dining Services contract due|
|December 1||Housing Application due|
|November 2||Submit adviser and ambassador survey online|
|December 1||Payment due IN FULL|
|December 16||Submit required health information forms|
|As soon as possible||Activate your myBarnard/email; activate UNI; submit ID photo; complete online forms via myBarnard|
|As soon as possible||Submit your flight information online|
|January 10||Move-in to your residence hall|
|January 11||Orientation begins|
Choosing courses for your VISP semester
You will not register for courses until you arrive on campus in January 2017. Courses which VISP students are eligible to take while at Barnard include:
- Courses designated BC, C, R, V, and W
- Courses numbered from 1000 through 4999
- VISP students are not eligible to take any course designated G, K, I, J U or any other letter, or any course number beginning with 6000 or higher
Please note that you are welcome to search for courses but you should plan to work closely with your academic advisor during Orientation to put together an appropriate program. The Columbia online catalogue includes courses from Columbia, Barnard, and even some graduate schools. Remember, undergraduate students may not enroll in graduate school courses, unless they meet the guidelines listed above.
Please review our Frequently Asked Questions for even more helpful information as you prepare for your semester at Barnard.